Tuesday, September 13, 2011


A quick reference tool meant to help the newer fan (like me!)  Note: Most links are current, however, some links update as of the Friday before Saturday race day. I usually start posting the cards for the weekend races on Wednesday afternoon. Up until the actual cards are available, I sometimes use Horse Racing Nation's "Stakes Tracker" for a 'probable' card.

 DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos

Sep 17
Garden City (G1), $250,000g, 3yo f, 9f (turf), Race 9, 5:18 pm ET

My commentary on the Garden City:  I totally disagree with the commentators at the end of the Garden City race where they said it was not the jockey's fault in the Lake Placid, and they were unwilling to give credit to Javier's handling of the Garden City race. Early on, Tom Durkin’s call was Winter Memories was 3 or 4 lengths from the front, then he noted she had lost a few positions. Javier deliberately slowed her down and dropped her toward the back of the pack...he wasn't going to make the same mistake getting her bottled up in mid-pack as Jose did. I think Javier did a masterful job of not panicking, taking her to the outside and then letting her talent take over. IMHO, Jose (Lezcano) could have done the exact same thing in the Lake Placid race, but instead he chose to keep her mid-pack and it allowed others to control her fate. I give total credit to Javier for this one. And he rewarded her with a hand-ride to the finish. That was just beautiful!

BHorse: Garden City - CARD

Sep 16 - Friday
Charles Town Starter Allowance, 3yo+, $20,000, 1 1/16 mi, Race 8, 10:25pm ET
Rapid Redux Charles Town Race 8 - CARD (PDF)
NYTimes: Rapid Redux seeks 17th straight victory
BHorse: Rapid Redux goes for No. 17
Race #17 - Rapid Redux - VIDEO OF HIS 17th WIN! Low-video and audio quality
Race #15 - Rapid Redux - VIDEO
Race #16 - Rapid Redux - VIDEO
Career Summary (PDF) - RAPID REDUX

Sep 17
Charles Town Oaks, $400,000g, 3yo f, 7f, Race 10, 10:30 pm ET
BHorse: Charles Town Oaks CARD
BHorse: Charles Town Oaks lures three graded stakes winners
Horse Racing Nation: Her Smile Headlines Charles Town Oaks

Charles Town Juvenile, $100,000g, 2yo, 7f, Race 7, 8:45 pm ET
BHorse: Charles Town Juvenile CARD

Sep 18
DRF: Side Glance, Dance and Dance among Europeans to get acclimated after arrival at Woodbine
Ricoh Woodbine Mile (Can-I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)
BHorse: Woodbine Mile S - CARD
Turallure and Sidney's Candy, Famous Name set to go off

Northern Dancer Turf Presented by Vtech (Can-I), $500,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf)
BHorse: Northern Dancer Turf S - CARD

Canadian S (Can-II), $300,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f (turf)
BHorse: Canadian S - CARD
THE UNBEATABLE HORSE - Remembering the Fall of 1973
Haskin's back! This begins a series on Fall racing with a historical perspective. This column is about the "Giant Killer", the "unbeatable horse", Big Red, and "Penny's favorite horse", Riva Ridge. An insider's look into events of the fall of 1973 which saw the unbelievable upsets by one "unbeatable" horse of two of racings biggest stars.  BHorse: Hangin' with Haskin - The Unbeatable Horse

 This is the 1973 Woodward, which at that time was run at 1 1/2 miles. I have been unable to find a video for the 1973 Jockey Club Gold Cup, which was 2 miles in 1973. Prove Out - 1973 Woodward - VIDEO

SI: October 8, 1973 - THIS MAN IS DANGEROUS! The story of Allen Jerkens, the "Giant Killer"!


Horse Profile:
Emerald Beech
From BloodHorse, Sept. 14, 2011
In the manner of the stalwarts of old, Emerald Beech has taken her time about getting good. She did not start at all at 2 and managed only a maiden win from five starts at 3; at 4, she placed twice from five more starts. If owner George Strawbridge Jr. had seen fit to retire her at that point, no one would have criticized him. Instead, patience and the wizardry of veteran trainer Jonathan Sheppard have paid off for Strawbridge's Augustin Stable, as Emerald Beech has now won four straight races this year after finishing second in her season opener.  Read more...

The Telegraph UK
Sporting Life: So You Think headed to the 'Arc' Oct 2
International racing news roundup
Favorite Sarafina in top form looking toward Arc at Longchamp Oct 2
Botti considers Frankel clash with Excelebration
Rocket Man ready to fire in Japan
TTimes: Galikova, half-sister to Goldikova, strong in Prix Vermeille (w/VIDEO)
Masked Marvel wins the St. Leger going away! - VIDEO
Dead Heat Juke Box Jury & Duncan! - VIDEO
TTimes: Goldikova to Prix de la Foret Oct. 2
DRF: Goldikova to prep Breeders Cup in Prix de la Foret at Longchamp
TTimes: French result aside, Goldikova still rules division
Frankel all set for the QE2 at Ascot Oct 15
ABC: Black Caviar preparing for return to track - Caufield Oct 8
ABC1 TV story about Black Caviar - VIDEO - 9-5-2011
Australian Story transcript - Black Caviar 9-5-2011

Sister Moon sets record in debut at Del Mar, 8-21-2011, Race 4

COOL TIP:  Come back here after the races and click on the cards for the featured races below and see the RESULTS and Order of Finish, as well as VIDEO REPLAY of the race.  Also:  to get the results for all the races on a particular day, this is BloodHorse's results page:  Race Results  There will be a "short list" but scroll down and click on "View Full List".  Most will have videos of the races!! Easy way to get a roundup of a day's racing action quickly!!

New to the sport or just want a place to learn more?
Check the following sites:

10/7Darley Alcibiades S (G1), Ogden Phoenix S (G3)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/8Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (G1)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/9Juddmonte Spinster S (G1), Bourbon S (G3)5-6 p.m.VERSUS
10/15Queen Eliz. II Challenge (G1), Keeneland 75th Anniv5-6 p.m.NBC

Future ABC/ESPN telecasts will be Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) and Goodwood Stakes (G1) October 1.
Note: Some cards for races Sat/Sun not available until Wed. or Thurs.
Breeders Cup Challenge 2011 - Race Replays - Video replays qualifying races for "Win and You're In"

Stakes Entries - Video Replays

HRN: Stakes Tracker - Check ahead on major races/probable starters

Sep 24
Parx Racing:
    Pennsylvania Derby (gr. II), $1,000,000g, 3yo, 9f
    Gallant Bob S  $250,000g, 3yo, 6f

Oct 1
    The Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational (gr. I), $750,000g, 3&up, 10f. (gr. IT) - Stay Thirsty?
    HRN: Jockey Club Gold Cup - Probable CARD
    Flower Bowl Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000, 3&up, f/m, 10f (turf)
    Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT), $500,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf) - Cape Blanco?
    Beldame Invitational (G1), $350,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f - Havre de Grace, Royal Delta, Blind Luck?
    Vosburgh Invitational (gr. I), $350,000g, 3&up, 6f
    Brisnet: Big Drama, Apriority are Vosburgh bound
    Kelso H (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, 8f - Uncle Mo, Jackson Bend pointed to Kelso
Hoosier Park:
    Indiana Derby (gr. II), $500,000a, 3yo, 8.5f.
    Indiana Oaks (gr. II), $200,000a, 3yo f, 8.5f.
    Michael G. Schaefer Memorial Mile S, $100,000a, 3&up, 8f.
Parx Racing:
    Cotillion S (gr. II), $750,000g, 3yo f, 8.5f.
    Brandywine S, $150,000g, 2yo f, 7f.
Santa Anita:
    Goodwood S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 9f BC. - Twirling Candy probable
    Lady's Secret S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8.5f BC - Blind Luck & Ask The Moon?
    Norfolk S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo, 8.5f BC.
    Yellow Ribbon S (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3&up, f/m, 10f (turf) BC.

Oct. 2
Belmont Park:
    Nashua S (gr. II), $150,000g, 2yo, 6f
    Miss Grillo S (gr. IIIT), $100,000a, 2yo f, 8.5f (turf).
    Pilgrim S (gr. IIIT), $100,000a, 2yo, 8.5f (turf).
    Tempted S (gr. III), $100,000a, 2yo f, 6f.
Santa Anita:
    Oak Leaf S (gr. I), $250,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f BC.
    Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3&up, 10f (turf) - Cape Blanco?

Oct. 8
Belmont Park:
    Champagne S (gr. I), $300,000g, 2yo, 8f BC.
    Frizette S (gr. I), $300,000g, 2yo f, 8f BC.
    Jamaica H (gr. IT), $250,000g, 3yo, 9f (turf).
    Hawthorne Gold Cup H (gr. II), $500,000g, 3&up, 10f.
    Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT), $600,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf) BC - Gio Ponti?
    Dixiana Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), $400,000g, 2yo, 8.5f BC.
    First Lady S (gr. IT), $350,000g, 3&up, f/m, 8f (turf).
    Thoroughbred Club of America S (gr. II), $200,000g, 3&up, f/m, 6f BC.
    Woodford S (gr. IIIT), $100,000g, 3&up, 5.5f (turf).
Santa Anita:
    Ancient Title S (gr. I), $250,000g, 3&up, 6f BC
    Oak Tree Mile (gr. IIT), $150,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf)
    Swingtime S (R), $65,000a, 3&up, f/m, 8f (turf)

Oct. 9
    Juddmonte Spinster S (gr. I), $500,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f BC
    Bourbon S (gr. IIIT), $100,000g, 2yo, 8.5f (turf)

Oct. 13
    JPMorgan Chase Jessamine S (gr. IIIT), $150,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f (turf) BC

Oct 17
HRN: Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup PROBABLE CARD

Nov 4
Churchill Downs:
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), $2,000,000g, 3&up, f/m, 11f  (turf) (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 2yo f, 8.5f (gr. I), $2,000,000g, 3&up, f/m, 9f (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, f/m, 7f (gr. IIT), $1,000,000g, 2yo f, 8f (turf) , $500,000g, 2yo, 6f (gr. II), $500,000g, 3&up, 14f
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies
Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint
Breeders' Cup Marathon

Nov. 5
Churchill Downs: Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), $5,000,000g, 3&up, 10f
Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), $3,000,000g, 3&up, 12f (turf) gr. I), $2,000,000g, 2yo, c/g, 8.5f (gr. IT), $2,000,000g, 3&up, 8f (turf) (gr. I), $1,500,000g, 3&up, 6f (gr. I), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 8f (gr. IT), $1,000,000g, 2yo, 8f (turf) (gr. IIT), $1,000,000g, 3&up, 5f (turf)
Breeders' Cup Juvenile,
Breeders' Cup Mile
Breeders' Cup Sprint
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile  - Jackson Bend?
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Brisnet: Hollywood Park announces fall stakes schedule
Seventeen stakes races with purses of more than $3 million are scheduled for the 26-day season, which commences November 10 and continues through December 18.

BloodHorse has a great video replay site to watch all the stakes action:
You can watch all stakes races for a particular DAY, or by TRACK, or a combination.  You can also watch INTERNATIONAL and DOMESTIC racing action!  Because these are links and not embedded videos, the site loads quickly. 
RECAP OF WEEKEND RACING ACTION:  DRF: Weekend stakes preview - videos
Note:  There are free sites to watch online: check out http://www.ntra.com/ or NTRA Live Stream or http://www.tvgfree.net/ or sign up for a free trial account at http://www.twinspires.com/content/video  You can also catch the replays right after the big races at http://www.raceday360.com/   Calracing has live coverage of races - Will need to register

A really good site for the new fan:

NOTE: In order to enjoy and use the functionality of the various sites below, some sites may require you to register, however, there is no charge for most of what you will want access to.  If you want to go to the next level and actually place bets and learn more about handicapping, some of these types of services have a fee, but this is strictly your choice whether to use these services.

DRF Grid: Today's Action - Upcoming & Prior Race Days - Click on any track "day", and pull up that day's entries for each of the races

DRF - Starts with ACTIVE tracks - Click on the DAY next to the track name to see that day's full race card. 

Simple Alpha List of American Graded Stakes by Stakes Name, by Grade I, II, III

This includes a list of all American tracks

Useful web sites 
Twin Spires Race viewer - One of the best individual race video sites - You will need to register, free

Links to blogs and other sites I have found useful:


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